This is an outstanding chance to immerse your player in quality, concentrated lacrosse instruction for 3.5 days, and with the boys staying overnight in supervised NAU dorms and eating meals together at the campus cafeteria, there's plenty of time to bond as United players and as a United club away from the fields as well.
To find out more, download the Rhino Academy Flagstaff flyer HERE.
The camp is open to any current 4th graders and up, and many current and former United/Swag/SLC players have attended the camp on more than one occasion.
Knowing this, we have worked with the Rhino administrators to work out a couple of special deals for this summer for United players only:
1) Use the coupon code "united" when you register and save $25. If you have already registered, contact Rhino at to get your $25 refund.
2) We can arrange to have United players stay together in the dorms, up to four to a suite. If you don't know the exact player your player would like to room with, just list "Scottsdale United" and Rhino will group them together as much as possible.
If you are looking at lacrosse camps this summer, consider Rhino Academy. Having a strong showing of United players at camp not only increases the fun the kids will have, but they'll come back stronger players--and we'll be a stronger club--because of the time they spend together there.
AYLL FACES OFF AGAINST A.L.L. COMPETITION AT ALL LEVELS
Scottsdale Sports Complex (download your field maps HERE)
8081 E. Princess Rd.
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
After much discussion between the AYLL and the ALL lacrosse leagues, both programs have agreed to meet for a weekend of inter-league play at Scottsdale Sports Complex this Saturday.
The ALL already had the complex booked, so they will be serving as hosts. That means there will be a few ALL-specific rules we'll be following that you should be aware of:
Longpoles are not allowed at the U4 level. All players should bring short sticks!
Coaches are allowed on the field during the games at the U4 and U6 level to provide instruction. They have had a great deal of success this season with this model. This rule applies to our coaches as well, of course.
Due to a MCLA college tournament at Reach 11 and a full slate of high school games, there is a shortage of referees available in the state that day. Both leagues have asked coaches for other teams to fill in and call some of the games.
Please be understanding and respectful of the situation if you see a plainclothes referee out there doing his best. Without them, there would be no games at all.
One final note: whether it's deserved or undeserved, fair or unfair, Scottsdale United has a reputation in the eyes of many ALL clubs. As you can probably guess, it's not a good one.
We on the Board would ask every United parent, player and family member to do everything possible this Saturday to show that reputation is as unfounded as we believe it is.
If all goes as we hope it will, there will be additional opportunities for inter-league play throughout the month of March.
These efforts may help lead to a single, larger league next year with more teams, more diverse schedules, and more opportunities to grow the sport. Stay tuned for more on this as we know it.
After a great week of evaluations, Scottsdale United’s Directors of Lacrosse Operations and coaching staff are pleased to announce the following teams and practice schedule for the coming season.
These rosters are not set in stone, and will be open to future changes at the discretion of the coaches and directors. Goaltending for each team in particular needs to be finalized this week, and a few coaching slots still need to be filled.
If you have any questions about the schedule or the rosters below, please feel free to speak with your coaches, Doug or Austin anytime.
PRACTICE PACKS UPDATE
Practice packs are due shortly, so please continue to bring a reversible pinnie this week until we have those in hand. It does NOT have to be the same number anymore; wear whatever you like.
GAME SCHEDULE UPDATE
Our first games are less than two weeks away, so we expect to have more information about the schedule for the first month of games from the AYLL any day now. As soon as we have it, we’ll share that with you. In the meantime, visit the United Team Store to get your fan and sideline gear before the games begin.
Here’s to a great first week of practice, starting tomorrow!
The sport of lacrosse is growing rapidly nationwide, and Arizona is no exception. It is in this spirit of growth and evolution that we are pleased to announce the merger of the Scottsdale Swag Lacrosse Club and the Scottsdale Lacrosse Club, as voted on by the leadership of both organizations.
The new club will compete as the Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club, beginning with the coming 2015 season.
WHY MERGE THE TWO TEAMS?
Coach Austin Gray serves as the head coach of Chaparral’s high school lacrosse program. Coach Doug Lipka heads up Notre Dame Prep’s lacrosse program. Both of these growing obligations overlap directly with the Swag and SLC seasons.
As a result, neither coach felt like they could devote the time needed to effectively grow, lead and coach their own independent lacrosse organizations during the high school season.
Merging the two organizations now gives the combined Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club the critical mass, strength, leadership, coaching and pipeline of talent to ensure the future success of the club.
THE NEW SCOTTSDALE UNITED
The combined club expects to field the following teams at a minimum in 2015, based solely on the number of potential returning players from last year’s clubs:
1 U4 team
1-2 U6 teams
3-4 middle school teams
The number of middle school teams to be fielded and the divisions they compete in will be determined based on:
The competition levels of the teams in the combined league
Volume of player interest and overall team skill level
Where multiple United teams will compete in the same division (likely U6 and Jr. High) the composition of each team will be determined through a player evaluation and draft, consistent with “house” leagues in most other sports.
The goal of this draft is to ensure that each United team is:
Balanced with other United clubs in the same age group/division
Able to compete at a high level with other non-United clubs in the same age group/division
THE UNITED COACHING STAFF
Coach Doug Lipka and Coach Austin Gray will take on new roles in Scottsdale United as Directors of Lacrosse Operations.
In order to allow Doug and Austin to fulfill their responsibilities to their high school programs and youth clinics, neither Doug nor Austin will be directly coaching any Scottsdale United teams in the 2015 season.
Instead, they will be focused on selecting and overseeing the coaching staffs and practices, as well as creating age-specific lacrosse skill development models and practice plans that deliver the right training in the right manner at the right age for all United teams.
The rest of the United coaching staff will be determined based on:
The total number of United teams for 2015
A review of the overall performance of the coaches, based on last year’s season
The availability of the coaches for the coming season
United staff and directors will make every attempt to retain Swag and SLC coaches that:
Performed their duties with professionalism
Were highly regarded by parents, staff and players
Represented the club well in their behavior in practices and games
Are available to commit to coaching again in 2015, based on job and personal obligations.
CLUB GOVERNANCE & CORPORATE STRUCTURE
From a governance and process perspective, SLC has many best practices already in place relative to the younger Swag organization, including:
A formal Board of Directors
Preferential field status with the City of Scottsdale
For this reason, the Swag board will be merged into the existing SLC board to take advantage of SLC’s mature governance model.
The combined board will be comprised of representatives from each team and age group to ensure that United moves forward with input from both organizations during this merger year.
This board will review best practices from each club to ensure that United players and families receive the best possible experience on and off the field this season.
The new Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club intends to file for non-profit corporation status – also known as a 501(c)3 status – to allow the club to receive individual and corporate donations beginning with the 2015 season.
The club leadership is in the process of developing the club’s new branding, website etc. in preparation for the traditional October-November kickoff and registration.
As soon as those elements are completed, we will let you know as quickly as possible.
Scottsdale United also intends to have a fall development camp on November 1 to bring players from the two clubs together for the first time and to open the registration period for the 2015 season. This camp is encouraged but entirely optional. More details will be announced as they are formalized.
The new Scottsdale United Lacrosse Club combines some of the top lacrosse talent in the state under one organization, ready to deliver a first-class lacrosse experience to every player, parent, volunteer and coach. We hope you’re as excited about this coming season we are.
UNITED WE RISE!
- The 2014-2015 Scottsdale United Board of Directors
**Please feel free to pass this on to any former, current or prospective club members**